working in jewellery and gemstone wholesale and retail makes you collect weird things its a fun project most of my friends think im crazy trying to collect them but they fascinate me they show how a pearl grows sometimes you see what got to make the pearl like a snail trail or little mussels in de back of a abalone
Definitively cool collection! I am amazed at the blister (?) conch pearl. I have too small and conservative a collection to trade anything but I am enjoying all these pictures. Pray tell, do show your favourites.
Here is a MASSIVE blister we have in our museum. The shell belongs to our native "Rock Scallop" shell (Spondyolus calcitrans). The shell weighs almost 1 kilo...the size of the blister is 3.5 x 2.0 x 1.4 cm... biggest natural blister we've obtained from these waters.
the orange one is a cassis cornuta shell from the Philippines
its a great piece because you see how the animal was trying to push it out of there. last month i got a really little one like this a cowrie 2 cm shell the moment i cleaned it with water the 4 mm pearl came of :S so that one was found just in time
here is another picture of the cornuta with a cassis pearl in front of it
Natural Pearl Sciences
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Tofino, BC Canada
Originally Posted by Adeline Leigh
Dave speaks... I wait with bated breath.
I have been cataloging shells with attached pearls lately and will post a bunch shortly, but in the meantime.. your question from the abalone thread about the difference between blisters and conjunctions, here's a rare side by side from the same mussel. The blister has a critter living behind it, while the other was a loose pearl (perhaps 2) came out of the pearl sac elsewhere in the extrapalial space and became nacred to the shell.
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